Happy Arbor Day loves!

I wanted to reach out today and explain some things that come to mind when I think about Arbor Day 2022. I cannot say enough about trees and their environmental impact, but one thing I have learned about trees after working in the forestry industry for almost two years now, is the following:

  • I believe in private property rights, and I do not think any governing body has the right to tell a homeowner what to do with the trees on their property unless they are going to help pay for the maintenance. There are laws in place to protect the water and soil here in NC, so my comments all fall within the confines of the law.
  • I believe in clearcutting as part of a robust forest management plan. The North Carolina Forest Service states, “Today, there are many federal and state laws to protect water, wildlife and other environmental resources. Clearcutting today is not like it was 100 years ago. It is an important tool for managing forests and stimulating new growth.” You can read more facts from the NC Forest Service here.

As for the town of Cary:

  • I believe there is value in planting fast growing native trees, and support the town planting new trees to maintain a canopy whenever humanly possible on town-owned property
  • I fully support efforts like the tree giveaway to encourage homeowners to plant native trees and keep Cary green
  • The Town of Cary does not allow clearcutting and I stand by that decision and if elected will love to support this locally. Clear-cut only makes sense as part of a robust forest management plan.

Published by Amanda Murphy

I have been in the Triangle my entire career. I started out working alongside people who are now leaders of municipalities, heads of industry, and decision makers in their fields. My network is strong. After work I’m typically raising two of the most creative, amazing kids I know. I also am a bit of a health enthusiast; biking and swimming are my favorites. I love reading stories, and coffee, lots of coffee.

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